Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

Job opportunity: Postharvest and Food Loss Reduction Policy development Consultant (15 Nov 2016 - 15 March 2017)

Hybrid Event, 11/11/2016

The “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” project implemented by the Rome based UN agencies (RBA) FAO, IFAD, and WFP, aims to improve food security and income generation opportunities through reduction of food losses in supported food grains and pulses value chains. The outcomes of this project are:

Outcome 1: Good practice options for reducing post-harvest losses are compiled, disseminated and scaled up.

Outcome 2: Improved handling and storage options within the grains and pulses value chains are benefiting smallholder farmers in pilot countries.

Outcome 3: Policy and regulatory framework (policy, standards, norms) on reducing food losses in food supply chains are introduced and implemented at national and regional levels

The Consultant will assist in designing, developing and finalizing the outputs of Outcome 3 of the project, and particularly: 

- Analyze existing policy and regulatory frameworks aimed to reduce losses along cereals, selected pulses and oilseeds food supply chains (policies, standards, norms) at country (Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda) and regional levels;

- Identify processes to establish and improve such frameworks (e.g. policy dialogues, policy development strategies) to be used as guidance for replication, including references to involved actors at country and regional level, especially on the basis of FLA recommendations and outcomes of regional workshops on this subject;

- Prepare proposals for improved national and regional policy and regulatory frameworks which are conducive to food loss reduction: one policy brief for each country (Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda) on the selected value chains;

- Undertake field missions and organize multi-stakeholders workshops to validate draft proposed tailored policy briefs and frameworks for each country;

- Engage with project partners and stakeholders to finalize the validated policy briefs and frameworks proposals;

- Develop a proposal for Multi-stakeholder Voluntary Guidelines for quantitative food losses reduction for consideration in the envisaged follow-up project.

Academic Qualifications

Advanced University degree in Post-harvest / Food technology / Processing and/or Agricultural-related Policy development

Technical Competencies and Experience Requirements

-  At least 3 years of working experience of post-harvest management and/or Policy development

-  Knowledge of other FAO related policy development activities

-  Proactive in engaging the RBA and all parties, including the private sector

-  Proficiency in English, and French

Interested candidates can send their CV and motiviation letter to : [email protected] by 11 November 2016.